Seymour: Scotland are on the rise
Scotland wing Tommy Seymour believes Saturday's win over Argentina proves the Dark Blues have turned a corner following this year's humiliating RBS 6 Nations display.
Vern Cotter's first home match in charge saw his team run in five tries against the Pumas as they registered their first victory over the South Americans at Murrayfield in 24 years.
The 41-31 triumph also came just one day shy of a full calendar year since the Scots' last win on home soil against Japan.
Australian Scott Johnson was the interim head coach on that day but was powerless to stop the side sliding to a humiliating 28-point whitewash against South Africa in the match that followed.
If that was bad, the 20-0 drubbing dished out by England in Edinburgh just two games into a bruising Six Nations campaign took Scotland to new depths of despair before they closed out the championship with a 51-3 battering from Wales in Cardiff.
But with Kiwi coach Cotter now in charge, Seymour believes Scotland are starting to show signs of significant improvement.
"There is a great vibe around the place," said the Glasgow back. "That's not to say there wasn't one last year but there was a couple of results then that we were disappointed with.
"Greig Laidlaw said a very key line in the dressing room before the game about drawing a line and moving past stuff that has happened.
"It's a huge year for us with the World Cup coming up and we just need to go out and focus on playing consistency and the type of rugby we want to produce. Saturday was one foot in the right direction."
While the scores by both Gray brothers, Richie and Jonny, on top of the tries added by Sean Maitland, Stuart Hogg and Seymour, were hugely encouraging, the shine was taken off Saturday's opening autumn Test victory by the late fumble of points which allowed Argentina to close the gap on Cotter's men.
Hogg's score and a Laidlaw penalty early in the second half had put Scotland 24 points up, but when first Rob Harley and then Jim Hamilton were needlessly sin-binned, the hosts were left playing with 14 men for the final 20 minutes.
That allowed the Pumas to shake themselves back into action for the first time since Javier Ortega Desio had prowled through to score the opening try after just 90 seconds.
They were handed a penalty try by Waynes Barnes as Scotland got out of shape in defence before Tomas Cubelli crashed over for a late double.
With the world champion All Blacks next up in the Scottish capital on November 15, Seymour knows his side will not get away with the same kind of sloppiness.
He said: "We scored 41 points out there, which is wonderful. But the reality is our opponents scored 31, so it was only a 10-point margin.
"It was great to get points on the board but we can't afford to make the mistakes we did against Argentina when the All Blacks come here.
"That is a key point. The feeling after the game has to be measured. There was a lot of positives in regards the rugby we produced.
"But we have got some huge games coming up - starting with New Zealand - and we can ill-afford to shift points in the way we did on Saturday, because the likes of the All Blacks will take them far more easily and on a far more consistent basis.
"We need to be really positive about the things we did well but by the same token make sure that some of the little flaws which crept in at the end are eradicated."
Edinburgh scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne will join up with Cotter's squad on Monday as precautionary cover for Henry Pyrgos, who suffered a concussion after coming on as a late replacement for skipper Laidlaw.